Katana Sword

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Origin of the Katana

The Katana (かたな in Hiragana) is a Japanese sword, the blade is curved with a cutting edge, and it measures more than 60 cm. This category D white weapon was used by the samurai during the Edo period in Japan.

The Katana is a symbol of the samurai cast during the Edo Period, it is worn on the belt edge facing the sky.The Katana blade is over 2 Shaku (2x 11.8") but this length can change depending on many criteria like the period, the swordsmith or even the war.
The Katana is usually wielded with two hands on the Tsuka (handle). The nomenclature is a real complex art with many different pieces like Tsuba, Habaki, Ito, sage, Saya...

ABOUT KATANA-SWORD.COM ?

We are a brand that aims to sell the most beautiful Katanas you can find. Our Katanas have been sold for over 20 years worldwide and have even won awards for quality and unique design. Our Japanese swords are designed in Japan and handcrafted in China by our Artisans, we have over 18 sword masters who do their best to forge the sword of your dreams!

Katana Decoration

If you are passionate about Japan, its landscapes, culture, traditions, but also its Katanas that come straight from the samurai era (Edo Period) then buying a decorative Katana is a great idea. You can hang your katana on a wall or hang it up, but you can also buy a wooden stand to put your katanas on like the real samurais. Perfect to showcase your sword. With a Katana as decoration, you can be sure to be the only person to have such a unique decoration and all your friends who are fascinated by the Japanese culture will love to visit your home. We have several Katanas with different patterns and colors, so it's up to you to adapt your Japanese sword to your home. You will find traditional motifs of Japanese culture like Japanese Dragon or Geisha on the Katana scabbard.

Katana price

You probably want to buy a Katana, but you are wondering how much it costs, because you have a limited budget. Don't worry we will answer it. For the most prestigious Katanas made on demand with the greatest materials and which can be decades old, the prices go up to $10.000 or more. At Katana-Sword.com, we wanted to bring interesting prices with a very respectable quality so that the most passionate people can get a sword. You will find Katanas between 150 and $500 in our katana store. Each Katana in our store is not made by a blacksmith in its entire process. Indeed, this is a very expensive process, and it would be impossible to offer katanas between 200 and $300 with a handmade one. The more expensive the Katana, the better the quality of the sword, with quality materials and a complex and long process. We still want to offer Katanas that reproach themselves the most of the authentic, with an entry level at $200 for those who want to enter this universe.

Where to find a good Katana

Katana-japonais.com is the reference store on Japanese swords and traditional weapons of Japanese history. Here you will find several dozen hand-forged swords that can fulfill your passion for these interesting swords.

Features of the Katana

The Katana is a true work of art with many, many features that you may not even imagine. The Katana has evolved over the years with ever more advanced knowledge and techniques to create the perfect Katana.

Katana Blade

The Katana blade is the main and indeed the most important element of the Katana. It has several very specific characteristics:

  1. NAGASA (length of the blade)
  2. SORI (curvature of the blade)
  3. KISSAKI (the point)
  4. MEI (signature of the blade)
  5. YASURIME (striations of the blade)
  6. HORIMONO (engraving)
  7. HAMON (temper line)

There are actually even more features than that, but we'll talk about the essentials so we don't go on too long and lose you.

1. NAGASA

Each blade has a different size and this is actually an important choice to make depending on your height. If you are taller then prefer a blade up to 85 cm. For example if you are between 165 cm and 175 cm we advise a blade of 70 cm.

If you are 1m80 then you should rather opt for 74-75 cm.

2. SORI

The curvature of the blade is not just an aesthetic feature. It was first and foremost in history, an important element for combat. Here are some blade curvatures: MUZORI, CHUROZI, SAKIZORI, KOSHIRI.

We have sorted in order from least curved to most curved of the blades. Each curvature belongs to an era in Japanese history and can be recognized by experts.

The curvature of each blade is the same as the curvature of the other.

3. KISSAKI

As we said, on the Katana every detail counts. There is a reason why such a detailed Katana is far from being offered. There are several types of tips and shapes.

The length of the point again varies with the era and has a very different meaning. For example for the most common tip which is the CHU-KISSAKI tip it dates back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333).

4. MEI

Traditionally once the sword is finished the smith signs his work like any other artist. He signs it with a hammer and chisel by writing his name on the tang of the Katana.

5. YASURIME

Once the master has forged the blade, the craftsman will smooth the surface with a file so that the surface is smooth, and he can engrave his MEI mark. This feature is an important point that can date the era if you are knowledgeable enough. The direction and style of the file strokes also depends on the blacksmith who makes the Katana.

6. HORIMONO

This engraving can be done on the visible part of the blade usually to give the Saber an identity. These engravings were often not made by blacksmiths, but by separate craftsmen whose specialty it was. Moreover, these engravings were quite frequently linked to religion.

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The reasons for these engravings? First thing, it is a lucky charm that would repel evil like many other symbolics in the Japanese culture. Second thing, it is for decorative purposes, and it allows each samurai to have his identity through his Katana.

7. HAMON

Hamon is a natural line left when tempering the Katana, not to be confused with the artificially created line which is for mere aesthetic purposes. There are many different styles of lines, such as the Hamon Masamune or Kotetsu line.

Often these lines are in the form of undulations.

What is the best steel for the Katana?

The most renowned and high-end steel is Tamahagane steel. It is a rare steel that is characterized by high carbon content. It takes the perfect amount of carbon content to have a blade that is strong, sharp and flexible at the same time so that it doesn't break. This steel is made of several layers and bends them about 15 times. This is both a long and complex process plus this steel is rare and highly regulated.

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